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    Frankincense & Myrrh is our December Candle of the Month.
    Save 25% on any Frankincense & Myrrh Soy Candle when you place it in the cart.
    These all natural soy candles with an aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, patchouli, and sandalwood.
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    Happy Holidays!

    Christmas in the Candle Shop

    Dear Friends,

    Christmas is in the air! The weather on Madeline Island has turned chilly, and the candle shop is bustling with warmly wrapped holiday shoppers, filling their arms with wonderfully scented candles, ornaments, specialty soaps, and handcrafted items.

    Our arms are filled, too - with packages and parcels of all shapes and sizes, wrapping and stamping and sending our candles out across North America. (Orders taken by Friday, December 18 will still be shipped for Christmas Delivery!)

    Island life is busy, each day accented by a holiday tradition, a tree lighting, a Christmas event. Islanders are looking forward to the Community Christmas Pageant and Program at St. John's this Saturday, December 19th (630PM), and of course to Christmas itself, for merry festivities with family and friends.

    Every night when we close up shop, we turn on the Christmas lights, surrounding the Candle Shop with color and light. If only there were snow on the ground - we're dreaming of a White Christmas!

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a joyful, peaceful New Year!


    - Your Friends at Madeline Island Candles

  • Shipping for Christmas Delivery!

    Make your holidays bright with all natural soy and beeswax candles! Place your order by December 18 for Christmas Delivery.holidays-bright

  • Holiday Gift Guide - Soy & Beeswax Candles

    Here we are - busy, bustling, chilly December! You've perhaps already thought of presents for friends and family, but your gift list grows longer as you remember all of those that you appreciate this holiday season - your children's teachers, your neighbors, your coworkers.

    Make their holiday bright with the gift of a hand-poured, all-natural Madeline Island Candle. Our wonderfully scented and colored soy and beeswax candles are all handmade on Madeline Island, and can be shipped to your home in time for Christmas when you order before December 18. Here are a few merry suggestions for your friends, family, and more:

    For Coworkers - Cucumber Mint Candles

    This soothing herbal mint and fresh cut cucumber candle creates a relaxing fragrance. A perfect little gift for your coworker's desk. View Cucumber Mint Candles


    For Teachers - Cedarwood & Cinnamon Candles

    Forget the traditional apple - choose a ripe-apple scented candle instead; infused with cinnamon, clove, orange, and cedarwood. View Cedarwood & Cinnamon Candles


    For Neighbors - Beeswax Taper Candles

    6 hand-poured beeswax taper candles arrive in a beautifully designed gift box. Choose Dark Green or Red for added holiday cheer. View Beeswax Taper Candles


    For Food Lovers - Lemon Grove Candles

    A fresh, bright soy candle for any kitchen. Lemon Grove candles are infused with natural essential oils, including lemon and clove. View Lemon Grove Candles


    For Readers - Oakmoss & Amber Candles

    These handsome soy candles have rich wood & musk basenotes, with hints of herbs and amber. A cozy addition to any library, study, or office. View Oakmoss & Amber Candles


    For Holiday Parties - Pine & Cedarwood Candles

    A wonderful hostess gift for Holiday Parties, this candle smells like a winter forest: featuring oils of pine and cedarwood, enhanced with a bright twist of citrus. View Cedarwood & Pine Candles


  • Why Beeswax?

    New Beeswax Taper Candles from Madeline Island Candles

    Madeline Island Candles has always used Soy Wax for our hand-poured candles. You may have read about the advantages of using soy wax – from slow burning time and better air quality to sustainability and supporting domestic farming (read more here).

    Now, we are excited to introduce a new collection of handpoured Beeswax candles, all available as beautiful 10 inch taper candles. So you may be wondering – Why Beeswax?

    beeswax-tapers-pack-of-six-sand_1Beeswax Facts:

    Unlike Paraffin Wax candles, Beeswax Candles burn cleanly, and because they are all natural, do not release additives or toxins into the air.

    Beeswax Candles are hypo-allergenic. They can effectively reduce allergies, asthma, and hay fever by releasing negative ions, cleansing the air of dust, odors, and toxins.

    Beeswax is a renewable resource, made by the worker bee for honeycomb.

    Beeswax candles burn very brightly and yet slowly, lasting a longer time than paraffin candles.

    Each candle is naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers packed into the honeycombs – so the sweet scent varies depending on the hive.

    We carry both naturally colored Beeswax Candles and candles dyed with colors inspired by the colors of Madeline Island. Shop our new collection of deliciously honey-sweet, long-lasting beeswax taper candles >

  • Green Light on Madeline Island

    We were so pleased to meet with Adam and Jennifer from KBJR/NBC recently, and show them around the candle making studio. This news segment and accompanying article are part of the news station's "Green Life" Lifestyle series, and focuses on our natural candlemaking practices, local ingredients, and green choices. It also touches on our relationship with Woods Hall Studio and Gallery, who have fostered an educational arts community on the island for over 60 years. You can read more about Woods Hall Craft Shop here.

    Watch the "Your Green Life" News Segment:

    Read the Summary:

    Your Green Life: "Green Light on Madeline Island"
    November 9, 2015

    Madeline Island , WI (NNCNOW.com) --
    Woods Hall Studio and Gallery serves an important role on Madeline Island for artist and entrepreneurs.

    Michele Auger, a Weaver/Artist, told me "Woods hall studio and galleries are and incredible stepping stone for a lot of people on Madeline island to get started in there, what may become a simple craft or an interest in something."  Read More

  • October on the Island

    leafOur busy summer season in the candle shop has come and gone. And while we are still welcoming guests, our focus is turning to fall and winter.

    Halloween is just around the corner, and we are getting ready to welcome the little ghosts and goblins that will find their way, through the dark and spooky night, to the candle shop for a treat (no tricks please).

    But don't think we aren't busy. In the shop, we are beginning to wrap and ship packages, large and small - as our guests visit our website and buy gifts for their friends and family. In the garden, it's time to clean up, trim back and get ready for winter.

    It's also the time of year when we begin to plan for new fragrances for the next year (if you have any ideas - send them our way!). We begin to plan for changes we'd like to make to the shop, and dream up additions to the garden for next season (look for a new garden water feature when you come by in the spring!).

    But the big questions for the candle shop and local community revolve around details like - When will the ferry boat stop running? Will we have an ice road this year, and if so, for how long? Will there be ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this year? When will the first snowfall arrive?

    We hope you're enjoying this beautiful autumn!
    - Your friends at Madeline Island Candles


  • Discovering Wisconsin's Makers

    As you may know, Madeline Island Candles is a Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, with voting open now through October 19. We appreciate every vote, especially those of you voting every day! Click here to view our profile and cast your vote.

    A few other American Made makers have caught our eye - especially those from Wisconsin. Check out these other incredible works by local makers!




    A Design Finalist, Tom Dumke of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, is a self-taught woodworker that handcrafts solid wood traditional furniture with a modern flare that is built to last for generations. Beautiful work.



    Um.... we want to try this. Tamara & Daniel Herskovic make "the most luxurious and delicious candy bar you have ever tasted" and are located in beautiful rural Northwest Wisconsin (Spooner).



    Ecofriendly and beautiful! Milwaukee-based Melissa Pare's geometric eco jewelry is made by using reclaimed local Wisconsin wood sourced from trees cut down in heavily populated urban areas.


  • Your Support is Helping!


    We want to say a quick "Thank You!" to our American Made Awards supporters and fans - we are currently in the Top 10% nationally!

    Our current status is 36th place out of 503 Finalists - and every vote counts, every day!

    We've done the math - if our wonderful voters each encouraged one friend to vote for us daily (click 6 times per day), we could climb to 19th place!

    Being in the top 25 Finalists would give us a good chance to become one of the editorial board's picks - and it's all because of you!

    So please spread the word, and keep on clicking!


  • Martha Stewart $375 Prize Package for Voters

    We've talked about voting, up to 6 times per day... but have we mentioned the chance at winning prizes?  Your daily American Made votes for Madeline Island Candles automatically enter you to win $375 in Martha Stewart prizes!

    Take a look at all the goodies below. Nice! Throughout the voting period, Martha Stewart will select one of the most active voters each week to win an American Made prize package.

    Click to vote: www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/130553


    Inside the Prize Package:

    Each winner will receive:
    Martha Stewart Collection Cutting Board, Apple Shaped
    Martha Stewart Collection Set of 4 Cheese Knives
    Martha Stewart Collection Pot Holder
    Martha Stewart Collection Asian Strainer
    Martha Stewart Collection 8 piece Prep Bowl Set
    Martha Stewart Whim Collection Novelty Print 200 Thread Count Queen Sheet Set
    Martha Stewart Crafts Rich Essentials Glitter Set
    Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Color Paint Set
    Living the Good Long Life Book
    One Pot Cookbook
    Martha’s American Food Cookbook
    Clean Slate Cookbook
    Martha Stewart Ultimate DVD Collection

    Learn More about the Prize Package: www.marthastewart.com/1081826/voter-prizes

  • Finalists in Martha Stewart American Made Awards


    American Made Finalists

    Madeline Island Candles is thrilled to have been selected by Martha Stewart and her panel of judges as a finalist in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Awards in the Nature Crafts category. Martha Stewart’s American Made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing nationwide maker community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America.


    We would love if you could help us share the word and help earn us votes! Click to register, and you will be all set to vote on our profile page up to 6 times per day, now through October 19. Thank you for your support!

    About Martha Stewart American Made

    american-madeAmerican Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

    Every year, Martha Stewart and the Martha Stewart Living editors select makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of Design, Style, Food, and Crafts. These makers are honored for their dedication to creating quality products, making beautiful goods, and building successful businesses and communities.

    click-to-voteWhy Madeline Island Candles?

    Visit our American Made profile page to see what inspires us, the best piece of business advice we ever received, how we've used social media to grow our business, and what American Made means to us.

    Voting Every Day

    In addition to the honorees selected by the panel of Martha Stewart American Made judges, an Audience Choice Winner is chosen by you! That is where the voting comes in. Audience Choice Awards allow for 6 votes per day per person, now through October 19. We here at Madeline Island Candles are so honored to be chosen as finalists, and would appreciate if you could take a few moments every day to click 6 times on our "vote" button on our profile page. Thank you very much for your support!

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